Nutrition Facts for Tortilla Bowls

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Tortilla bowls are a traditional part of many Mexican dishes. Get nutrition facts for tortilla bowls with help from a professor at the University of Idaho in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm registered dietician, SeAnne Safaii, and I'm here to talk to you about tortilla bowls and the traditional content of tortilla bowls. For those of you who like Mexican food like I do, Mexican food can be very very healthy but at the same time it can wreck havoc on your diet if you order tortilla bowls because traditionally they are ladened in fat. You could have a taco salad that has low fat nutritious ingredients in it and yet, you can ruin your diet because the tortilla bowl can be actually 500 calories or 20 grams of fat. So I'm here to talk to you today about some healthy tortilla bowls that you might want to substitute for your next taco salad. These are some of the store bought tortillas that you can pick up. They're not too bad, they're about 200 calories and about 10 grams of fat, and you don't have to do any preparation, you can just fill your bowl and eat it. What I like to do with children are these little tiny tortilla bowls that you can get, bite size tortilla bowls, fill them with beans and cheese and maybe some low fat yogurt and kids love these. These are a great snack for kids. But something if you want to be real creative and a little bit more on the healthier side, you might want to pick up some of these tortillas that you can buy in the store that are baked and bake your own tortilla bowl and I'm going to show you how to do that quick and easy. So all you need to do is you need a large muffin pan like I have here, put a little bit of cooking oil and I like to use colors. The wraps, actually, the tortillas come in green and red and whole wheat so I've got a little bit of everything in here and you just sort of stuff them in here like that, use the spray so that they don't stick to the pan. So you're just sort of molding the tortillas into the muffin tins. Just kind of squish them in here, this is a fun activity to do with kids, see like this. You have a variety of different colors. We're just going to bake it for about 15 minutes at 350 in the oven. So I'm going to stick this in, the oven is already on and wallah, this is our finished product. They are stiff, beautiful, lovely, they make very impressive dinner treats for your friends that come over and kids love them. So there you have it.

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